Willie Nelson: An Epic Life
Title: Willie Nelson: An Epic Life
Author: Joe Nick Patoski
Traces the rise of the iconic country-music artist from humble Depression-era roots to one of the genre’s most famous figures.
From his first performance at age four, Willie Nelson was driven to make music and live life on his own terms. But though he is a songwriter of exceptional depth — “Crazy” was one of his early classics — Willie only found success after abandoning Nashville and moving to Austin, Texas.
Red Headed Stranger made country cool to a new generation of fans. Wanted: The Outlaws became the first country album to sell a million copies. And “On the Road Again” became the anthem for Americans on the move. A craggy-faced, pot-smoking philosopher, Willie Nelson is one of America’s great iconoclasts and idols.
Now Joe Nick Patoski draws on over 100 interviews with Willie and his family, band, and friends to tell Nelson’s story, from humble Depression-era roots, to his musical education in Texas honky-tonks and his flirtations with whiskey, women, and weed; from his triumph with #1 hit “Always On My Mind” to his nearly career-ending battles with debt and the IRS; and his ultimate redemption and ascension to American hero.